Every year there is a study called the Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study. The name speaks for itself. Sadly every year for the 5 years it has been in existence shows shocking amounts of medical negligence resulting in severe injury and death, in this, the supposedly best health system in the world. It does not make it the best just because it costs the most. You constantly hear political hacks and medical malpractice reform lobbyists whining about the cost of medical malpractice suits, well check out these facts about the costs from the medical malpractice itself:
“From 2004 through 2006, patient safety errors resulted in 238,337 potentially preventable deaths of U.S. Medicare patients and cost the Medicare program $8.8 billion”.
Now those are some serious costs to our nation and taxpayers. We need good medical malpractice lawyers to weed out the dangerous health care providers.
Now lawsuits do work to limit the malpractice. The bad apples out there that are killing all these patients need to be stopped. The medical boards are not doing it and so the Courts will have to. Eventually if a physician kills enough patients and gets sued so that there is a cost to it then the physician won’t be able to get insurance to perform procedures that should not be done or should be done by another qualified physician. The good ones have nothing to worry about.